I believe in open, honest communication with my teens and we’ve been talking about sex for years. But even I, the ”sex positive parent” (isn’t that what they call it these days?) am mortified by some of the songs emanating from my SUV’s surround sound.
I know, I know, this is nothing new; heck, when I was a kid, George Michael was screaming about wanting my sex or something like that. Before that, Rick James told me (and everyone else who would listen) about some chick called a “Super Freak” while on a jukebox somewhere, Jimmy Buffet crooned about having too much to drink and then jumping into the sack (“Why Don’t We Get Drunkt” is the official title; the other part is merely implied). The point is, racy lyrics have been around for a while.
But for some reason, that movement has gone into overdrive. The lyrics in songs nowadays (oh man do I sound old or WHAT?) are beyond explicit with more detail than you might find in a 6th grade sex education class.
To reiterate (and my own children would back me up. I think), I’m no prude. I like a catchy little ditty as much as the next mom. But there’s something that feels, oh I don’t know, uncomfortable, about me knowing, not only the words and meaning of Flo-Rida’s “Whistle” but also singing it at the top of my lungs with my offspring in the backseat. Yeah. Um, no.
So I asked some of the folks on my Facebook page which were the songs that had them reaching for the radio dial before their kids recognized the melody. . . or the meaning. Here’s what we came up with; what would you add?
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